tv News Politics and Public Affairs CSPAN April 29, 2013 2:00am-3:31am EDT
going forward, it is not just your town that needs your courage and your love and your faith, america does to. -- too. towns that hold fundraisers to help folks pay the medical bills. that take the time to drop off a home-cooked meal because they know a family is under stress. america needs communities where there is our somebody to call if your car gets stuck or your house gets flooded. theeed people who so loved neighbors as themselves that they are willing down to lay their lives -- are willing to lay down their lives for them. [applause] america needs towns like west. [applause]
that is what makes this country great, is towns like west. for you, o god, have tested us. you have tried us. we went through fire and threw water, yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. you have been tested, you have been tried. you have gone through fire. and always will be surrounded by an abundance of love. saw it in the voices on those videos. in the firefighters and first responders who are here. [applause] all over america people are
praying for you and thinking you. and when they see the faces of those families, they understand that these are not strangers. these are neighbors. that we is why we now will get through this. god bless west. those who we have lost, god's comfort on their families. may he continue to bless this great state of texas and continue to bless these united states of america. [applause] [applause]
>> tomorrow on the c-span networks, to events marker and the 20th anniversary of the holocaust resume in washington. former president bill clinton and nobel prize winner wieselfe fell -- elie will deliver remarks. then a series of panels will discuss the holocaust and genocide prevention with live coverage beginning at noon eastern on c-span two. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> if you are trying to generate on the government and they are looking for ways to generate new revenue, silicon valley has the answers. if you're trying to explore better innovation within your , silicon valley has the answers. from an entrepreneur standpoint, how was entrepreneurship different in silicon valley and other places? so much of it is often based on failure and learning from one's experiences.
it is also recognizing that you can be part of the process of adopting other people ideas or you may have the idea idea for the next big thing. the bottom line is, there is an authenticity to the way that things are done in silicon valley that is very accepted, no no matter who you are. >> what makes silk and valley -- silicon valley tick? ,> presidents, world leaders and others gathered in dallas on thursday for the george bush presidential library and museum dedication ceremony. center is located on the campus of southern methodist university. items on the play -- on display include twisted girders from the twin towers, people poor -- the
onlhorn president bush used ground zero. the bush center opens opens to the public this wednesday. this is an hour and 25 minutes. ♪ >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. please direct your attention to the main stage as angela turner wilson purchases "god bless america."-- performs "god bless america."
>> good morning and welcome to the george w. bush presidential center and to the beautiful campus of southern methodist university in dallas, texas. i'm proud to be here with all of you here today as we dedicate this beautiful building to the american people. two years ago, we broke ground on this site and the hard work of many people is realized in the building behind me today. of course, no one has done more to make this place possible than president george w. bush and mrs. laura bush. [applause] i've had the honor of calling them my friends for more than 40 years and i've been privileged to witness firsthand the instead resolve and principled leadership of president bush.
those who come here will learn about that leadership and about a consequential time in american history. researchers and scholars will study the presidential records housed in the archives. students and museum visitors will learn about the modern american presidency, first decade of the 21st century, and the story of george and laura bush. on the other side of this building is the george w. bush institute. here, thinkers and doers are working to advance freedom and defend the principles that guided president and mrs. bush throughout their lives and through their service to texas, america and the world. today is the day to celebrate president and mrs. bush for their commitment to this country, to honor the american presidency and to look forward to the impact this most important civic institution will
>> let us pray. we have gathered here today, oh, god, to offer thanks for the life and the legacy of president and mrs. george w. bush. we thank you for their distinguished leadership to our nation. moreover, we are grateful for their moral courage and commitment to public service. oh, god, our lord, creator and sustainer, today we honor a man who genuinely believes in your quest of freedom for all. we ask that president bush and his family continue to feel the prayers and support of people all over the world who recognize his past and continued work for the expansion of freedom.
we ask your blessings upon the george w. bush presidential center and all who will walk through these doors. we pray that it will serve as a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world. we pray that it will remind each and every one of us of our nation's heroic past and generate noble insights for future leaders of our country. grant that each of us today will rededicate our lives to the values of this great institution. as we continue to learn the lessons of history, help us to live out the words of the prophet micah, "to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our god," we pray all these things in thy name, amen. >> amen. thank you, mark. >> thank you. ♪
>> i pledge allegiance to the flag of united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the chair of the george w. bush institute advisory board, dr. condoleeza rice. [applause]
>> good morning. mr. president and mrs. obama, president and mrs. carter, president and mrs. george h.w. bush, president and mrs. clinton and president and mrs. bush, i have the honor of introducing a number of global leaders, national leaders and texas state leaders who have come to join us on this momentous occasion. as your name is called, may i ask you to stand and may i ask the audience to hold your applause so we can acknowledge our global leaders together. president of the republic of georgia, former president of spain, president aknar, the former president of ghana, john kufor, the former president of south korea, le man bok, and mrs. kim. former president of el salvador, former prime minister silvio berlusconi of italy.
former prime minister tony blair and mrs. sharee blair of the united kingdom. former prime minister and mrs. john howard of australia, former prime minister and mrs. ehud olmert of israel, former secretary general -- current secretary general of nato, mr. fogg rasmussen. his royal highness of saudi arabia, abdul al-khalifa of bahrain, former ambassador to the united states, ambassador
sen of india. current ambassador to the united states, ambassador of kuwait, ambassador of indonesia, ambassador amid, hakemi and mrs. hakemi of afghanistan, ambassador of botswana, the german chief admission, mr. hannafeld, please join me in acknowledging and welcoming our global leaders. [applause] i would now like to acknowledge the governor of texas, rick perry. [applause] the governor of arizona, jan brewer. [applause] the governor of new jersey, chris christie and mrs. mary christie. the former governor of alabama, bob riley, and the former governor of michigan, john anglers and his wife, michelle.
i want to greet the following members of congress -- senator ted cruz and his wife, heidi, of texas, senator john cornyn of texas, former senator bill frist, former senator kay bailey hutchinson, the speaker of the house, congressman john boehner and his wife, debby. congressman jeff kinsarling. congresswoman kay granger, congressman michael burgess, congressman pete sessions,
congressman mike conaway, congressman kenny martin, congressman john mica, and now, of the texas elected representatives, lieutenant governor david duhearst, speaker of the texas house of representatives, joe strauss, the mayor of dallas, michael rawlings, the mayor of highland park, joel williams, the mayor of university park, richard davis, and the former mayor of dallas, tom lepperd. i want to thank you for being here for this wonderful occasion and i would like those in the audience to once again acknowledge the presence of our global, national and local leaders. thank you very much.
[applause] >> please welcome the chairman of the george w. bush foundation board of directors, donald l. evans accompanied by the archivist of the united states, david fairio. >> i'm pleased to be joined by the honorable david fairio, archivist of the united states. on behalf of the george w. bush foundation, it is my honor to present to you and to the american people the key to the george w. bush presidential library and museum. [applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen, mrs. laura bush. [cheers and applause] >> welcome, everyone. welcome to all of our friends and family who've joined us today. be seated. welcome to all of our friends and family who've joined us today from around the country and around the world. thank you all for coming. and a special welcome to president obama and michelle, to president clinton and secretary clinton, to president carter and rosalynn and finally, we're thrilled to have our father and
mother, president george h.w. bush and barbara bush. [cheers and applause] i know for the presidential families that nothing says an exciting get-together more than an invitation to come and see millions of documents from someone else's time in office so thank you all very much for coming. a warm welcome to the former heads of state who have joined us, the diplomatic corps, the members of the united states congress and our armed forces, and we're especially happy to see the familiar faces of so many of the bush-cheney administration. in the united states, the presidency is not just about one person. the presidency is about all of the people that join with that president in years of service to our remarkable nation. they're the people who never fly on air force one but who put in
countless late nights and earlier mornings, who spend less time with their family and friends and more time hard at work caring for our country. the presidency is about the men and women of our military who serve every president and who make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and keep us safe. the stones in the walls behind us represent your years of service. this building is here because of your service and for that, george and i thank you from the bottom of our hearts. [applause] a presidential library is not just about one president. each library is about our nation and the world during that time. the george w. bush presidential
center reflects george's role as the first president of the 21st century. like our new era, the building and its grounds are designed to be forward-looking and they're green and sustainable. they celebrate the native environment of our home state of texas. the archives housed here are completely digital and the entire bush center is designed to present the past and engage the future. we welcome scholars and students and the community at large to gather here for generations to come. the center is designed to be human in scale because, like the white house, presidential libraries belong to all americans. the people across our nation were the ones who inspired us every day. here we remember the heartbreak and the heroism of september 11 and the bravery of those who
answered the call to defend our country. we remember who came to the gulf coast following hurricane katrina. we remember all of the people who step forward to help others, whether to teach a child to read or to feed a hungry family. throughout the center, i'm reminded of my husband. i remember him standing near the rubble of the world trade center. his arm around the shoulders of a retired firefighter who grabbed his old gear to go search for the missing. i remember george's standing alone on the pitchers's mound at yankee stadium, repairing to throw out the first pitch in new york at the 2001 world series. during that long season of heartbreak and healing.
i remember his quite visits with the families of the fallen, sharing their stories and their tears. i remember how steadfast and steady he was for eight years. since we have been home, i have added new memories. i have seen george lifting up a brush to refurbish a health clinic. i have seen him on a bike ride with a veteran. he helped push an army major who is peddling only on one leg. my george is a man who when someone needs a hand offers them arms. this spirit and hope is forever captured in this beautiful building. this will always be a place that welcomes each visitor with open arms. thank you all and welcome. [applause]
president jimmy carter. [applause] >> it is a great honor for me to be here today. it reminds me of my favorite cartoon in a new yorker magazine. this old boy is looking up at his father. he says, daddy, when i go up, i want to be a former president. [laughter] many of us have made that gold and one is still working on it. i will be very brief and limiting my comments just to the things that i know personally. in 2000 there was a disputed election for several weeks. when president bush became president, they had the inauguration in washington. i was one of the two democrats
volunteering on the platform. he said, if there is anything i can do for you, let me know. that was a mistake he made. [laughter] the worst problem now is the war going on between north and south sudan. millions of people are being killed. i would like you to help us get a peace agreement. in a weak moment, he said, i will do it. i said you would have to talk to the security advisor. he said, he give me a few weeks. president bush kept his promise. january 2005, there was a peace treaty between north and south sudan that ended a war that has been going on for 21 years.
george w. bush is responsible for that. [applause] that was the first of his great contributions to the countries in africa. it has been mentioned briefly here. from the time he went to office until the time he left, he helped with development assistance. he established a program. i will let you figure out the percentage on that. he has a program that can help women with cervical and breast cancer in africa. that is something that is dear
what a beautiful day in dallas. a great pleasure to be here. to honor our oldest son, it is very special for barbara and me. thank you all for coming and those who have made this marvelous museum possible. we are glad to be here. god bless america and thank you very much. [applause] too long? [laughter] [cheers and applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen, president bill clinton. [applause] >> thank you, president bush and mrs. bush, president obama and mrs. obama, president carter and mrs. carter. all of the representatives here and the other previous presidents. i told president obama that this was the latest example of the eternal struggle of former presidents to rewrite history. [laughter]
i want to take my hat off to president bush for the beautiful library. the exhibits are great. it is inspiring. i congratulate him on the rating for the library. i want to say, mr. president, once again you have got the better of me and in the last few weeks. my library has a platinum leagues rating, but it was open for a few years before we could afford to achieve it. you have also beaten me to be a grandfather. [laughter] i congratulate you and laura for it. [applause]
starting with my work with president george h w bush on the tsunami and the aftermath with katrina, people began to joke that i was becoming close with the bush family. i was becoming the black sheep son. my mother told me not to talk for too long. i will not let you down. [laughter] there is one other connection that i have is largely unknown. george bush would call me just to talk politics. a chill went up and down my spine when laura said, all of the records were digitized.
[laughter] dear god i hope there is no records of those conversations in this vast and beautiful building. i want to say as president carter did, i was impressed with president bush inviting us to make different decisions on the decisions he was facing. i want to talk about a couple of other things that are beyond controversy. i want to thank president bush for passing pepfar. i worked all over africa. many are alive because of it. i want to thank president obama for continuing it and increasing it. thank you to you and laura for
it. thank you for your efforts to reform our immigration system and keep our nation a nation of immigrants. i hope congress will follow president obama's efforts to follow the example you has said. thank you for that. i want to thank you for the work we did together in the aftermath of haiti. we have closed our fund. we helped a lot to people's park businesses that are now thriving. we gave the country the first mortgages amid ever had. thank you for that, mr. president. [applause]
i probably shouldn't say this, but i will anyway. your mother showed me some of your landscapes. i thought they were great. really great. i seriously considered calling you and asking if you could do a portrait. those sketches are wonderful, but -- [laughter] i like president bush. i like it when we have disagreements. he is disarmingly direct. i went on about the german healthcare system. he said, i don't know a thing
about the german healthcare system. i think he probably won the argument. [laughter] we are here to celebrate a country that we all love. debate in difference is an important part of every free city. he invites us to make different ones if we choose. he has honored that deep american tradition. for all of these things as an american citizen, i'm very grateful. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. [applause]
>> thank you. thank you. please be seated. mr. president and mrs. bush, president clinton and now former secretary clinton, president george h. w. bush and mrs. bush, president carter, and all distinguished guest, michelle and i are honored to be here on this historic occasion. this is a texas sized party. that is worthy of what we are here to do today, to honor the life and legacy of the 43rd president of the united states, george w. bush. when all of the living former presidents are together, it is also a special day for our democracy. we have been called the world's most exclusive club.
we do have a pretty nice clubhouse. the truth is, it is more like a support group. the last time we all got together was before i took office. i needed that. as each of these leaders will tell you, no matter how much you think you're ready to assume the office of president, it is impossible to truly understand until it is yours. until you're sitting at that desk. that is why every president gains better appreciation for all those who served before him, from leaders from both parties were taken on the momentous challenge to solve the enormous weight of the nation on their shoulders. that appreciation extends to president bush. the first thing i found in that desk the day i took office was a letter from george, it demonstrated his compassion and
his generosity. he knew i would come to learn what he had learned, that being president was a humbling job. there were moments where you make mistakes. there are times in which you wish you could turn back the clock. i know that we love this country. we do our best. in the past, president bush has said it is impossible to pass judgment on his presidency while he is still alive. maybe this is premature him up but even now there are certain things we know for sure. we know he was brought up by two loving parents. as he said, my daddies eyes and my mother's mouth. the young boy who came home and proudly presented his mother with a dinosaur tailbone he had
ghter]ed in his pocket. we know about the young man who met the love of his life at a dinner party ditching his plans to go to bed early and instead talking with the brilliant and charming woman late into the night. we know about the father who raised two remarkable and caring and beautiful daughters, even after they try to discourage him from running for president. they said, dad, you are not as cool as you think you are. mr. president, i can relate. [laughter] now we see president bush the grandfather beginning to spoil his brand-new granddaughter. we know president bush the man. what president clinton said is true. to know the man is to like the man.
he is comfortable in his own skin. he knows who he is. he takes his job seriously, but he did not take himself too seriously. we also know something about george bush the leader. as he walked through this library, we are reminded of incredible strength and resolve that came through that bullhorn as he stood amidhe ruins at ground zero. promising to deliver justice to those who sought to destroy our way of life. remember the compassion he showed by leading the global fight against hiv/aids and malaria. helping to save millions of lives and reminding people in the four corners of the globe that america cares.
we are here to help. we remember his commitment to reaching across the aisle to unlikely allies like ten kennedy. we should help every child and not just him. we need to repair our broken immigration system. we should do this together. speaking of our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. immigration reform has taken a bit longer than we expected. i'm hopeful that this year with the help of speaker boehner and some of the senators and members of congress who are here today that we bring it home for families and the economy in our security and for this incredible country that we love.
if we do that, it will be in large part thanks to the hard work of george w. bush. [applause] finally, the president there is no greater burden than serving as commander in chief. as president bush himself has said, america must and will keep its word to the men and women who have given us so much. even as we may disagree on some matters of form policy, we share a profound respect and reverence with the men and women of our military and their families. we are united in our determination to comfort the families of the fallen and to care for those who wear the uniform of the united states. [applause]
on the flight back from russia after negotiating at the height of the cold war, president kennedy's secretary had a small slip of paper in which it said i know there is a god.i seor. if he s fore, i believe i am ready. no one can be completely ready for this office, but america needs a leader to take on problems head on so they can do what they believe is right. that is what leaders with whom i have shared this title have all done. that is what george w. bush chose to do. mr. president, for your service and courage and sense of humor and most of all for your love of country, thank you. from all the citizens of the u.s., god bless you and god bless the united states. [applause]